Central Mass Ticks. What do deer have to do with it?

Deer and Lyme Disease in Central MassWhen Massachusetts residents talk about the perils of tick-borne Lyme Disease, they often focus on deer being part of the problem. It’s true that ticks will gladly hitch a ride on the first deer they bump up against to get a ride into your yard. While deer certainly are partly to blame, they have a bad rap as being considered the only culprit. In fact, ticks do not discriminate among warm-blooded hosts and will gladly hitch a ride on skunks, chipmunks, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, and more.

Why have deer been singled out as the bad guys?

The fact that black-legged ticks are also called deer ticks is partly to blame. To solve the tick problem, some homeowners and municipalities argue that deer populations should be managed to reduce the tick population. It is true that having fewer warm blooded animals wander into your yard would help, but reducing just the deer population won’t help. If suddenly all the deer were to disappear from central Massachusetts, the ticks would just hop onto other hosts. In fact, if you were to visit a forest, say, from which all the deer had been taken, that would just mean that the ticks would just move on to the next animal. If you’re walking through, you also make a great warm-blooded host.

With Lyme Disease protection in Central Mass, protection starts at home. The best protection starts with protecting your property with a regular barrier spray. The next ongoing step is to make your yard less of a playground for ticks. Mosquito Squad provides the 6 C’s below.

6 C’s of tick protection:

1: CLEAR OUT

Reduce your tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas.

2: CLEAN

Eliminate leaf litter, brush off sidewalks and mow tall grass to cut down on the places ticks can harbor.

3: CHOOSE

Choose plants that aren’t attractive to deer. In areas where deer are present this is very important because deer will carry ticks right into your yard.

4: CHECK

Check hiding places periodically. Ticks like to hide along the base of fences and brick walls.

5: CARE

Care for family pets. Ticks can easy hide in the fur of your pets. If your animals spend time in areas where ticks may be present, make sure you apply a topical tick medication.

6: CALL

Call the pros. Mosquito Squad’s tick control eliminates ticks before they can bite you, your family, your pets, and your guests.

The final step in protecting your Central Mass yard, family, guests, friends, children and pets is participating in our tick tube program. Mosquito Squad tick tubes contain treated cotton that mice take back to their nests. The treatment will eliminate ticks that also hang out in rodent nests but is not strong enough to impact the mice.

Dave Macchia Mosquito Squad square 2

Dave Macchia; owner Mosquito Squad of Central MA and author of 2 blogs about tick protection and mosquito protection.

Contact us to sign up today by giving us a call at (877) 387-7823, dropping us an email at chelmsford@mosquitosquad.com or visiting our website at centralmass.mosquitosquad.com. We look forward to protecting your property this season and for many seasons to come.

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